Jurgen Klopp insists he “trusts Daniel Sturridge 100%” despite the striker’s appalling injury record that has seen him miss 59 Liverpool games through injury.
The new Reds manager suffered the frustration of losing Sturridge to a knee injury ahead of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham, but claims his faith in the England striker remains undimmed.
“I trust this player 100 percent. If Daniel is fit, then he can play no problem,” said Klopp, who was forced to play Divock Origi at White Hart Lane.
“If he is not then I don’t think about it because if the medics and physiotherapists tell it is not possible, then it is not possible.
“I have known Daniel for one week and for six days he was perfect in training. Everything we did he was full of power, skills.
“He was outstanding. There were so many good things and then he had this contact with Ibe.
“In another situation I would have talked to him and said ‘Please try.’ But we can’t in a week of two ACL injuries.
“It was OK for Daniel to miss the Tottenham match. We need Daniel for sure and if we played this game on Thursday then maybe he would play.”
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